The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

The Trumpeter of Krakow

By Eric P. Kelly
Level 8

This adventurous historical fiction Newbery Medal winner takes place in 15th-century Poland. Although this book was written in 1928, I agree with an Amazon reviewer who wrote, “The sense of adventure and history have not faded with time.” As the story starts out, teenage Phillip and his family are fleeing to Krakow after their house is burned down by the Tartars. Phillip’s father brings along a secret that has been in the family’s safekeeping for over 200 years, but it also puts his family in great danger and requires them to go into hiding. Fantastic writing; a complex, intriguing plot; great historical information; and memorable characters make this a highly recommended book. Honor, kindness, and integrity are highlighted as positive traits, and the negative effects of greed are profoundly displayed. This book does require the reader’s attention (complex sentences, elevated vocabulary, extensive description) and is not effortless entertainment.

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)

Region Europe, Poland, Krakow
Period 15th Century, 1400s
Genre Historical Fiction
Digital Format Audiobook, E-book
The Good and the Beautiful Library No
  • Audiobook
  • E-Book
  • 3.5 Entertainment Value
  • 4.5 Moral Value
  • 4.5 Educational Value
  • 4.5 Literary Value
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